After Todoroki Valley, I continued walking south until I reached the Tama River (多摩川). It is the same river that passes through Okutama and Ome. I then followed it until Tamagawadai Park, famous for its hydrangea (which bloom in early summer).

Above, Kawasaki is on the other side of the river.

Above, homeless settlement.

Above, ferrying a passenger across the river.

Above, pig benches in children’s playground.

Above, in Tamagawadai Park.

Todoroki Valley is a park in Setagaya City, Tokyo. It features a pedestrian path in a forested ravine along a river. The Todoroki Fudo Temple is at the southern end of the park.

Above, statue of Fudo.

Above, Fudo Temple.

Above, baby Buddha statue bathed in sweet tea for hana matsuri.

Above, white elephant statue.

Gotoku-ji is a buddhist temple in Setagaya City, Tokyo. Its claim to fame is that this is supposedly where the maneki neko dolls (beckoning cat) were first used, as an offering by worshipers to show their gratitude when their wishes became true.

Above, ema plaques.

Above, the maneki neko hall.

Above, like most buddhist temples in Japan, Gotokuji also serves as a cemetery.

The Bunkyo Azalea Festival is currently taking place at Nezu Shrine. Its garden contains more than 3,000 azalea plants.

Aoyama Cemetery (青山霊園) is located in Aoyama, Minato, not far from Roppongi. The cemetery is famous for its cherry blossoms and many people visit it during hanami season. When I visited, the blossoms were already past their peaks and petals were falling from the trees and covering the tombs and alleys.

Above, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower.

Above, central road.

Above, Tokyo Midtown.

Above, a minimalist tomb.

Above, christian tombs.

Wonton Tantan-men.


Starting at Oji station, I walked on a pedestrian path along the Takinogawa River (滝野川) until I reached Naka-Itabashi station. The path is lined with many cherry trees.

Above, fallen petals covering the river.

Spicy katsu curry, with additional cheese and soft-boiled egg.


After getting down from Mount Sekirou and back at Sagami Dam, I decided to return home using the Tokyo section of the Tokai Nature Trail. It goes from the dam to Mount Shiro (城山) and Mount Takao (高尾山). I then took the lift down Mount Takao to the Keio Takaosanguchi train station.

Above, walking past the trailhead to Mount Arashi.

Above, Zensho-ji Temple.

Above, hut at the summit of Mount Shiro.

Above, new set of stairs on the way to Mount Takao.

Above, cherry blossoms on the way to Mount Takao.

Above, summit of Mount Takao.

Above, Yakuoin Temple.

Above, on the lift to Takaosanguchi.

A few weeks ago, I went on a hike near Lake Sagami, west of Tokyo in Kanagawa Prefecture. I followed a section of the Tokai Nature Trail: The whole trail covers 1,697km and goes from Mount Takao in Tokyo all the way to Mount Mino near Osaka.

I started in the morning at Sagamiko station (Chuo Line). I then walked to Sagami Dam to reach the trailhead to the summit of Mount Arashi (嵐山; 406m). After getting down from the mountain near the entrance to the Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest, I followed this trail. It got me to Kenkyo-ji Temple (顕鏡寺) and then on to the summit of Mount Sekirou (石老山; 694m). After looping back to the starting point, I walked on the road near the shore of Lake Sagami until I reached Sagami Dam again.

Above, Lake Sagami in the morning.

Above, Sagami Dam.

Above, trailhead to Mount Arashi.

Above, shrine at the summit of Mount Arashiyama.

Above, ferris wheel at Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest.

Above, when I was walking by, this guy insisted that I took his picture.

Above, statue at  the  parking near the start of the trail to Kenkyo-ji and Mount Sekirou.

Above, Kenkyo-ji temple on the trail to the summit of Mount Sekirou.

Above, summit of Mount Sekirou.

Above, if the conditions are right, Mount Fuji can be seen from the summit.

Above, on the way back to Lake Sagami.

Above, back at the starting point of the trail to Mount Sekirou. From there I followed the road to Sagami Dam.


Carp fishing @ Ichigaya

Fallen petal @ Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine

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Name: Guilhem Vellut Location: Tokyo, Japan



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